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Extreme Couponing Tip: Keep a Stockpile Inventory

Ever come home with a lot of one product and …oops, there’s already a ton of that sitting in the pantry! Streamline your purchases and stockpile by keeping track with an inventory record.

Here are some good methods:

  • Spreadsheets: Create a spreadsheet of the items on hand. Update it every few days or weekly to keep current. We recommend keeping track of the number of unused/unopened packages.

 

  • Phone Apps: Applications like My Pantry or Out of Milk let you add products and their quantities, keep track of expiration dates, or add an item to your shopping list when you’re running low. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can use the Out of Milk website app. For more money-saving phone apps, check out this KCL contributor post.
  • Handwritten: If electronics aren’t your thing, a plain handwritten list will do. Consider a small notebook (which are on sale now for back-to-school) with a handwritten record. Create columns and write in pencil, which is helpful when quantities change.

Extra! Extra! When you have more of a product than you will use before it expires, consider donating it to a local food bank/shelter/church or neighbors in need. An important tenet of Krazy Couponing is using coupons to help others!

Check out this post for Recommended Stockpile Amount Guidelines for a guide on how much of each product to keep on hand.

So what works for you? What do you recommend? Tell us in the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Keep a Stockpile Inventory”

  1. Chelle5454 says:

    I was looking for an iPhone app as well.

    • Rachel says:

       I’m looking for an iPhone app, too.  In the app store, I searched
      “pantry inventory.”  Several apps came up including a couple of free
      ones.  I haven’t tried any yet, but several look promising so I plan to
      check them out.  Good luck!

  2. Sue says:

    I would love to find this app onmy i phone, any suggestions?

    • Rachel says:

      I’m looking for an iPhone app, too.  In the app store, I searched “pantry inventory.”  Several apps came up including a couple of free ones.  I haven’t tried any yet, but several look promising so I plan to check them out.  Good luck!

  3. Charity says:

    Having 6 kids makes it near impossible for me to keep any kind of snack pile especially in the summer when school is out. I try to stock up before school starts and its like I have to shop all over again. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I definitely know how the snack stockpile gets depleted in summer! Good thing August is full of back-to-school snacks and easy-to-prepare quick meals!

  4. Brittanie says:

    I like to print out a spreadsheet then place the sheet in a sheet protector and use dry erase markers to write my inventory on it. I usually will tape or pin the sheet to one of the shelves where my stockpile is so I have quick access to it. Then I just use windex or baby wipes to wipe off quantities to update them. 

    • Mrs. C says:

      Where do you find a spreadsheet to print out?  Are they available online or do you have to buy a program to install on your computer to have it?  Thanks in advance!

    • Anonymous says:

      Way to be organized, Brittanie! That’s a great idea :)